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James X. Gilch

Private First Class, U.S. Army

51569003

2nd Platoon
B Company
1st Battalion
5th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized)
25th Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: July 21, 1966
Buried at: Section L Path 8
                  New St. Mary's Cemetery
                  Bellmawr, New Jersey
Awards: Purple Heart

From right: James Gilch (KIA 7/21/66), R D Gill (KIA 7/21/66)
G R Rolf (KIA 7/28/66)


PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JAMES X. GILCH was born on May 6, 1945. His home of record is Runnemede, NJ.

James X. Gilch entered the US Army and attained the rank of Private First Class. His tour of duty in Vietnam began on February 7, 1966. Gilch was assigned to B Company, 2nd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry (Mechanized), 25th Infantry Division.

Private First Class Gilch was killed in action on July 21, 1966. At 1600, on that day, the 2nd Platoon, B/1/5th Infantry, got into a firefight while conducting operations in the Filhol Rubber Plantation. During the fight, an armored personnel carrier maneuvered to attack the enemy's flank. The APC was totally destroyed when a command-detonated mine set off TNT and C-4 explosives carried within the APC. Seven men died in the incident:

SSG Wilberto C. Sanchez, Harlingen, TX
SP4 David L. Berry, Houston, TX
SP4 Richard D. Gill, Williston, ND
SP4 Leo E. Hinterlong, Cincinnati, OH
SP4 Larry Van Clief, New York, NY
PFC James X. Gilch, Camden, NJ
PFC Samuel G. Harris, Cutler, OH
PFC James X. Gilch

Private First Class Gilch  was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart at a ceremony at Fort Dix, NJ. He is remembered by his comrades in arms from the 5th Infantry Regiment.


JAMES X. GILCH
is honored on Panel 9E Line 52 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.


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NOT FORGOTTEN HERO

JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, HERO. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE. DOUG., CO.A, 222ND INF., 25TH INF. DIV. 1968

Doug Snyder
FELLOW SOLDIER 25TH INF.
EASTON, PA
Wednesday, July 21, 2004


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